Northwestern is serving as a major sponsor for an international Latina/o studies conference in Chicago this month that is expected to be the largest and most comprehensive conference of its kind to date.


The inaugural conference, called “Imagining the Past, Present, and Future,” will be held July 17-19 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. The event is open to the public.


The conference will bring together scholars, teachers, and students who study the history, politics, and culture of the many Latina/o communities in the United States. 


More than 450 panelists will participate in discussions about immigration, education, health, Latino Chicago, the concept of Latinidad, citizenship, performance and the arts, popular music, and the gradual institutionalization of Latina/o studies.   


Organizers say one of the most important goals of the meeting is to establish the first Latino studies association to promote research and affect policy change related to U.S. Latinas/os, who comprise 17 percent of the U.S. population and are now the largest minority group in the country.


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